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17 Newbury charities benefit from Town Council funding

Newbury Town Council has awarded £14,635 to 17 local charities to support them in their work for the community in Newbury.

The projects to benefit include the Newbury Lockdown Wood promoted by Newbury Friends of the Earth, Eight Bells programme post Lockdown, making the restaurant at Fair Close Day

Centre Covid-secure and the ongoing youth work at the Nightingales Estate (Community Youth Project). All of the projects are registered on The Good Exchange, where the Council’s

contribution will be match funded and the full list of grants awarded is shown below.

Cllr Martin Colston, Leader of the Council, said: “The Council is very pleased to support all of these projects, which all benefit our community. Many of the charities are working to help the

more vulnerable and at-risk people who are facing even more serious challenges because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

"We still have £5,600 in grant funds remaining, some of which are available to any person or organisation working to help our community through the Covid crisis and the balance will be

distributed at our next Grants Subcommittee meeting in January 2021. Any projects benefitting the residents of Newbury and which are registered on The Good exchange between now and the closing date in January will be considered for Grant Aid. We would also like to acknowledge the great work of the Good Exchange who provide the funding platform and match funding for all of these grants.”

The charities are: Newbury Friends of the Earth, Eight bells for mental Health, Fair Close centre, Community Youth Project, Berkshire Women’s Aid, Home-Start West Berkshire, The Engine Shed, Free Legal Advice Group for domestic violence, iCollege, Newbury Soup Kitchen, Speenhamland Primary School PTA, Newbury Velo Cycling Club, Recovery in Mind,  Young People and Children First, The Corn Exchange Newbury Kennet & Avon Canal Trust and Mary Hare Foundation

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